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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Velvet Ribbon Choker Necklace

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    Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!

    On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.

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    Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they're made with.

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    In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.

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    The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.

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    Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.

    Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.

    Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!

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    If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.

    After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.

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    And that’s it; you’re all done!

    Here’s a list of the items that we used:

    Hand Sewing Needle Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 0.5" Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards) Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards) 1.5" Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards) Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards) 20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes

    Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?

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  • Mood DIY: 2 Minute Bridesmaid Necklace

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    Wedding season is coming. And for most people it comes with joy, excitement, and often a little anxiety. Flowers, venues, weather; there are simply too many things to worry about. However, the perfect gift for your bridesmaids does not need to be one of them.

    This necklace is both adorable and elegant, perfect for showers, receptions, or for simply dressing up a day look. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to make.

    Things you'll need:

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    First, thread about 10" of pearls onto some string or jewelry wire. Connect one end to your clasp. Fold your ribbon in half and tie the other end of your beads to the ribbon, about 7" from the fold. Simply tie a bow with the remainder of the ribbon to hide the knot from the beads, and your necklace is complete! Clip the clasp to the ribbon fold to close.

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  • Mood DIY: Rose Petal Jewelry Bowl

    Are you constantly looking for cute and creative ways to display your jewelry? This adorable rose bowl takes 10 minutes, and you can make a bunch with just 1/3 yard of industrial felt!

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    What you'll need:

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    The first thing you'll need to do is cut a 12" hexagon from your felt. This will give you a bowl with a 5" base. One of the best things about these is that you can make a bunch of different sizes super easily. The bigger the hexagon, the bigger the bowl!

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    Cut 4" toward the center of your shape from each corner. These slices will become the petals of the bowl. Pull every other petal upwards and pin the corners together, like the photo below, to begin forming the bowl shape. Stitch at corners.

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    Do the same with the other three slices to form the outer petals. And you're already to fill it with your favorite necklaces and bracelets! How cute!

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  • Mood DIY: Jeweled Shoe Clips

    Summer is here and I'm on color overload -- and my shoes are no exception.  It was when I came across these jeweled and gold brooches at Mood, that I immediately thought of the perfect way to take some closet staples to the next level! Endless fun for endless shoe possibilities. What more can a girl ask for? :) Jeweled Shoe Clip 1 Jeweled Shoe Clip 2 Jeweled Shoe Clip 3   SUPPLIES: Wire cutters, brooches in pairs of 2 (I have one of each version I used shown here.  Be sure to check their design, because they are often purchased individually -- therefore color schemes may vary), e6000 glue, and 4 earring clip-on backs. Jeweled Shoe Clip 4    
    Jeweled Shoe Clip 5 Note: Both brooches are available at Mood NYC. The gold brooch is from Oscar de la Renta!
    How-To:  1. Using the wire cutters, completely snip off the entire pin back and adjoining metal (Note: if it doesn't come off clean, use a nail file to smooth the surface). 2. Add e6000 glue to the earring backing. 3. After you decide which side is "up" for the layout of your brooch, adhere earring backing to it, and hold in place for a moment. 4. Let glue dry for several hours -- I did it overnight.  (Note: If your earring backing protrudes out in any way, and is uncomfortable for your foot, feel free use wire cutters to remove it). Jeweled Shoe Clip 6  
    Mood NYC and Mood LA both have a wide selection of brooches that can be converted into shoe clips. Mood NYC and Mood LA both have a wide selection of brooches that can be converted into shoe clips.
    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Bead and Chain Bib Necklace

    Over the holidays while browsing the lovely pieces on the Stella & Dot website, I happened to fall in love with one of their absolutely stunning mixed metal bib necklaces, but lost a little steam when I peeped the price tag. Not one to let finances dictate fashion...I took to Mood Fabrics for my jewelry supplies, and let the creativity fly to create my own. Supplies: Multi-purpose glue, bib template (download here), satin ribbon, tiny individual glass and plastic beads, straight pins, needle and thread, tweezers, felt, black rhinestone chain, loose leaf chains (purchased from another store), clear rhinestone chain, wire cutters, and scissors (Note: I also at the last minute added a bit of gold chain around the neckline for an extra special touch). Step-by-Step:

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    1. Download bib template here. 2. Fold a piece of felt or ultra suede in half, and then pin the template to these two layers. 3. Cut out these two forms, and then remove straight pins. 4. Choose one layer of the cut out felt; set the other layer aside.

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    5. With wire cutters, remove leaves from their chain. 6. Cut rhinestones and beaded chains to desired length (Note: I suggest playing around with beads to get an idea of layout before doing any gluing and sewing).

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    7. Add a tiny bit of glue to back of chain to adhere it to the felt, following up with stitching where necessary for added stability. 8. Glue beaded black rhinestone chain within the body of the necklace; cutting where necessary to wedge into tight spots for a seamless appearance. 9. Apply a tiny amount of glue to fix leaves in place. Let leaves dry for at least 20 minutes before stitching them into place, and then repeat.

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    10. Take a needle and feed a single thread through top necklace layer, knot the back, thread tiny plastic beads onto the string, and then remove needle for ease of applying beads. 11. Once you reach your desired amount of beads, add needle back to thread and use it to drive this string back through this layer, and knot the back (Note: I also added a tiny bit of glue to the under side of the finished row of beads just so they wouldn’t move).

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    12. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to your desired length (Note: You can cut one side straight across, and then cut the exposed side at an angle for added effect). 13. Apply glue (or clear nail polish) to ends of ribbon to avoid fraying. 14. Turn top layer of necklace over and glue each ribbon about 1.5 inches from top of each side. (Note: Feel free to also stitch ribbon to necklace). 15. Take 2nd layer of felt that you set aside in Step #4 and glue it to the back of 1st layer. Enjoy! Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Feather Collar Necklace

    STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS: Plumes just make everything glamourous -- don't you think?! From Flappers to the present day, we have been using feathers for ages to dress up everything from hats to handbags to skirts. Want an easy way to update the simplest dress? Try this twist on a Statement Necklace that is sure to be a conversation piece. WHAT YOU NEED: 1. Hot Glue Gun & Sticks 2. Feather Trim (Note: the exact length of trim needed is directly related to desired length to drape your shoulders.) 3. 4 Different Types of Chain at varying lengths (1 main chain for collar, and 3 other chains that will be cut and used twice each). 4. Needle and Thread 5. 3 Gold Rings 6. Clasp 7. If desired, add 2 gold brooches for accents (I added old earrings that were my grandmothers) THE PROCESS: 1. First cut feather trim at main gold chain to equal desired length (mine is 18 inches). 2. Hot glue this main chain to the satin ribbon on feather trim. 3. Turn feather with gold chain now attached over, and stitch your clasp to one side (doesn't matter which, you decide which side you want clasp on). 4. Cut first chain to create Chain 1 (31 inches) and Chain 4 (17 inches); Cut second chain to create Chain 2 (25 inches) and Chain 5 (13 inches); and then cut third and thinnest weight chain to create Chain 3 (20 inches) and Chain 6 (7.5 inches) 5. Add chains IN ORDER from 1 to 6 to gold rings on both ends. 6. Sew and hot glue one ring (with chains attached) to whichever side you did not attach clasp. 7. Open clasp and close necklace with this free ring that has chains now attached. One more step and you're almost done. 8. Hot glue earrings, 2 brooch, or whatever accents you'd like to add to the base of the feathers for a polished look. Voila! Now tell me, what's your favorite way to rock feathers? Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, MTVStyle, Essence Magazine, and TJMaxx.com. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.